Karli Filips couldn't be blamed if she starts feeling a bit like Eminem's special girl.
The second-grader at Costello Elementary School in Troy with blondish, curly hair has gotten to know the controversial rapper to the point where she is on a first-name basis with him.
She played Eminem's daughter in the music video for the hit song "Lose Yourself," and now, two years later, 7-year-old Karli plays the same role in his upcoming music video, "Like Toy Soldiers," from his recently released "Encore" album.
"It was pretty cool," Karli told The Daily Oakland Press for a story Friday. "In the first (scene), I was laying in a bed, and Marshall tucks me in. In another scene, I'm sitting on Marshall's lap and he's reading me a story."
"I just don't like to call him Eminem," Karli said of the man who was born Marshall Mathers. "It sounds too much like the candy. The reason I do call him Marshall is because he introduced himself as Marshall."
Karli's mother, Kim, said the Oscar- and Grammy-winning performer "was very nice."
"He asked my husband if he could kiss Karli on the forehead, and (Gordy) said to ask Karli," she said. "She said, "No. You can kiss me on top of my head but not on my forehead.' (Eminem) just did away with the kiss altogether."
The Filips family met Eminem for the second time about three weeks ago when they ventured to a Madison Heights production studio. The session started at about 5 p.m. and ended around 11 p.m.
By night's end, Karli had filmed several shots for the video, taken several pictures with the rapper and also got the family's lone Eminem CD -- the "8 Mile" soundtrack -- autographed.
The opportunity to be in Eminem's first music video did not come totally by chance: Karli, who is represented by a talent agency, resembles Eminem's real-life daughter.
The new video is expected to premiere sometime this month, but Kim Filips is not sure whether Karli will be able to watch the whole thing, since the video might be geared to a more mature audience.
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